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Monitoring the Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement

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Issues and Key Perspectives at the Start of the Negotiations On July 8, 2013, the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) began in Washington, DC. This marks the start for trade and investment liberalization that could generate considerable benefits for both the U.S. and the EU. Within the European… Read more >

Debating the Role of German Leadership


What does Germany want? Almost four years after the outbreak of the euro crisis, many Europeans still ask themselves this very question. In a recent interview with the German weekly Der Spiegel, Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed to suggest that a further transfer of sovereignty from member states to Brussels is not needed… Read more >

The EU/China Trade War and German National Interest

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In an interview with Spiegel on Monday, Angela Merkel discussed Germany’s role in light of the crisis and the path for future growth and cooperation in Europe. The talk covered pressing issues in the realm of European governance, such as the role of the European Commission, transparency in both Germany and the… Read more >

Avoiding Regulatory Arbitrage in times of TTIP – Challenges for Supervision in International Finance

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The views expressed in this essay are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect those of AICGS or any other affiliated organizations. Introduction In mid-June 2013, the EU member states will decide whether they intend to open negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United… Read more >

At Issue Interview: Bruce Stokes

In this latest installment of the AICGS At Issue Interview Series, AICGS President Jack Janes and Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera sat down with Bruce Stokes, Director of Global Economic Attitudes in the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, to discuss the findings of a recent Pew report on attitudes toward the European Project… Read more >

Croatia on the Verge of Joining the European Union: Outlook after the release of the latest EU monitoring report


On March 26th, the European Commission released its last monitoring report on Croatia, which concludes that the country is ready to join the EU in July 2013. This will, in all likelihood, convince the remaining EU member states to ratify Croatia’s EU accession treaty. What are the outstanding issues in Croatia’s EU… Read more >

Leadership and Responsibilities: Changing Parameters in German-American Relations

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In 1989—on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany—President George Herbert Walker Bush asked Germany to be a partner in leadership with the United States. Speaking in Mainz just a half year before the Berlin Wall fell, Bush proclaimed: “The historic genius of the German people has… Read more >

At Issue Interview: Dr. Klaus Scharioth

In this latest installment of the AICGS At Issue Interview Series, AICGS President Jack Janes sat down with Dr. Klaus Scharioth, former German Ambassador to the United States and current Director of the Stiftung Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs, to discuss the need for the proposed Transatlantic Free Trade and Investment Agreement… Read more >

Mission Impossible? David Cameron’s Vision of Britain in the European Union

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Simon Green is Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe at Aston University in the UK. This article first appeared on on 23 January 2013 and can be found here. There will be few set-piece events in David Cameron’s political career that will be more eagerly awaited… Read more >

The Emerging Transpacific Partnership: Chance or Threat for the EU?

The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the German government. Preface Following the Obama administration’s announcement of its pivot toward Asia, there has been a great deal of debate about what this strategic shift means for the transatlantic relationship. The Transpacific Partnership (TPP)… Read more >